Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!

  
  

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Our calendar of events is an up-to-the-minute guide on everything happening along the Illinois River Road. If you're looking to enjoy everything from seasonal festivals, to outdoor recreation specials, you'll find it listed here. Be sure and also check out the event calendar links under the Gateway and Portal Community pages.  Help us continue to build our events calendar - Submit Your Event!

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Now - Aug. 5, 2018, 7:30 pm July 16, Aug 5 and 10:00 pm July 6, 20, Aug. 3
Festival 56's Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main. St., Princeton, IL 61356
Join us in celebrating theater through song. Each cabaret is unique with rousing comedy tunes, Broadway hits, lilting love songs, and more. Come see your favorite actors and get to know the newest ones as they sing their hearts out. The lobby bar will sell wine, beer, soft drinks, and desserts from Kramer’s Kitchen....$10 each plus late night 10 pm cabaret pkg of 3 for price of 2. Event Type: Entertainment
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton

Jun. 23, 2018 - Jun. 30, 2018, 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. matinees on 24th and 30th
Festival 56's Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main. St., Princeton, IL 61356
June 23, 24*, 26, 27, 28, 29 30* all times are 7:30 except 24th and 30th 2:00 matinees. After awaking from hibernation, the cheerful Frog and grumpy Toad enjoy all sorts of adventures, celebrating the differences that make them unique and special. A Year with From and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons with a jazzy score that the whole family will enjoy!... $29, $26 (seniors 65+) and $14 for students, with a $5 special for children 10 and under. Event Type: Family
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Phone: 815 879 5656
Area: Princeton

Jul. 1, 2018 - Jul. 29, 2018, 2:00 pm July 1st and 7:30 pm July 8th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 22nd, 25th, and 29th
Soldiers and Sailors Park, on the square at S. Main and Park Ave., Princeton, IL 61356
Festival 56 kicks off its 15th season with the Shakespeare in the Park that started it all in 2004. Shakespeare's most popular comedy returns complete with mischievous fairies, foolish donkeys, the hysterical mechanicals, and a love rectangle that getsmore complicated with each passing scene....Free: bring your lawn chairs. Event Type: Arts
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton

Jul. 3, 2018 - Jul. 19, 2018, 7:30 pm July 3rd, 5th, 14th, 17th, and 19th
Festival 56's Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main. St., Princeton, IL 61356
This comedy takes off the kid gloves and gets REAL about parenthood in a play that follows four women through the early chapters of motherhood. The moms find solidarity in experiences of picky eaters, rogue bodily fluids, and seeing your baby get on that school bus. This play reminds us that no one is alone in this overwhelming, exhausting, and hilarious journey.... $29, $26 (seniors 65+) and $14 for students. Event Type: Entertainment
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton

Jul. 6, 2018 - May. 13, 2018, 7:30pm July 6,7,10,12,13 and 2:00 July 8,11
Festival 56's Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main. St., Princeton, IL 61356
In the kooky world of the Addams family, to be sad is to be ahppy and death and suffering are the stuff their dreams. But trouble starts when Wednesday falls in love with a sweet boy and invites his respectable family to their mansion for dinner during which secrets are disclosed. The Addams family must face the one thing they have avoided for generations: change. ...$29, $26 (seniors 65+) and $14 for students. Event Type: Family
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton

Jul. 18, 2018 - Jul. 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, IL 61542
This workshop for educators of grades prekindergarten through two will provide you with the information and resources that you need to successfully teach about and observe wildlife. We’ll focus on the life history of common wildlife species, and we’ll go on a hike to look for wildlife and their signs. You’ll receive training in using basic equipment. We’ll also discuss developing wildlife habitat on your school grounds. We’ll show you how to support the teaching of several of the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for science and Next Generation Science Standards with your students. You’ll take away numerous resources to use with young children when learning about nature. Professional Development Hours are available. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program. You’ll take away numerous resources to use with young children when learning about nature. We’ll discuss correlations with several Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards in science and Next Generation Science Standards. Professional Development Hours are available. This workshop is part of the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) program from the IDNR. Registration and Fee Required....$10 (includes a $3 convenience fee). Event Type: Educational
Phone: 3095473721
Area: Lewistown

Jul. 20, 2018 - Jul. 26, 2018, 7:30 July 20,21,24,26 and 2:00 July 22,25
Festival 56's Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main. St., Princeton, IL 61356
This Tony winning adventure upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be the Boy Who Would NOt Grow Up-Peter Pan. With marauding pirates and jungle tyrants, this production explores the depths of greed, despair, and the bonds of friendship. Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and imagination to bring this tale to life. ...$29, $26 (seniors 65+) and $14 for students. Event Type: Family
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton

Jul. 31, 2018 - Aug. 5, 2018, 7:30 pm July 31, Aug. 1,2,3,4 and 2:00 Aug. 1, 5
Festival 56's Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main. St., Princeton, IL 61356
Featuring the acclaimed score to the Disney film, this production transports us to 15th century Paris where the deformed Quasimodo is sequestered in the Notre Dame bell tower. When the Feast of Fools allows him to escape, he suffers ridicule from an unwelcoming town, but the enchanting Esmeralda recognizes the kind man beneath his exterior. Hunchback of Notre Dame challenges us to seek ways to help the outcasts we encounter in our lives. ...$29, $26 (seniors 65+) and $14 for students. Event Type: Family
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Phone: 8158795656
Area: Princeton